Double Pane Window Installers and Contractors
October 11, 2010
There's nothing nice about old windows that leak air causing your heating bill to rise. It's time to enhance the comfort and quality of your home with double pane windows. But where do you start?
First, ask friends and family for referrals. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find window installers. Find local contractors through NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and NAHB (National Association of Home Builders).
Communication is very important. Make sure your contractor knows what you want, your timeframe, and namely your budget. This saves everyone wasted time.When interviewing installers, ask if they're willing to give you a list of previous clients? Are they properly licensed or bonded, and do they have liability insurance?
Be wary of bargain basement bidders. Contractors with low proposals are probably cutting corners or may not have proper licenses. Ask installers to break down the price quote by labor, materials, screens, and clean-up. A clear contract is the best way to ensure everyone is satisfied after the job is complete.
Double pane windows cost more than single pane windows. Expect to pay about $600 for a reasonable quality window and about $850 for the best the industry has to offer. Prices vary depending on size, shape, style, and the glazing of glass. Expect energy savings of 30 to 50 percent from double pane windows depending on your choice of energy-efficiency.
By hiring the right contractor to properly install your double pane windows, you will recoup your initial investment quickly.